There have been reports of two separate boardings of yachts doing the standard passage
The description of the boat is identical. Given that the pirates spoke Spanish and had extra fuel
, my guess is that Venezuelan pirates are getting bolder and going for yachts outside the usual red zone between Trinidad and Venezuela
. The area of the boardings is just 50nm off the Venezuelan coastline.
It seems the safer alternative for this passage
would be to head
east towards tobago
and beat the waves/wind for a while to get away from the Venezuelan coast.